Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to react after hearing about Ivan Toney’s hot streak in front of goal for Brentford.
Impressively, the 24-year-old has taken to life in the second tier superbly well, and is currently the Championship’s top scorer with seven goals in six games after replacing Ollie Watkins.
It was Rafa Benitez who was responsible for selling Toney to Peterborough, and for a fee of just £350,000 according to The Scottish Sun.
In that same summer, he also allowed Adam Armstrong to join Blackburn Rovers permanently.
Quite unbelievably, he is currently the Championship’s second-top scorer with five goals in six games.
In that respect, Benitez may have made a mistake when cashing in on the duo without inserting a buyback clause in either deal.
If you’re concerned about the credibility of the Championship, you only need to see how players like Watkins, James Maddison and Jack Grealish have made the step up to realise that Toney or Armstrong could one day become Premier League stars.
Despite Armstrong’s heroics, the focus on Twitter from Newcastle fans has been on Toney, who netted another two goals in a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday last night.
Let’s see what they’ve been saying about the Northampton-born striker who’s ripping up the Championship…
Newcastle fans react on Twitter as Ivan Toney rises to the top of the Championship scoring charts
Yet another ex Newcastle player performing really well since leaving the club. Ivan Toney looks like a real striker! #NUFC
— Paul (@thetoonreview) October 21, 2020
— Newcastle Analytics (@NUFCAnalytics) October 21, 2020
Here comes Captain Hindsight .. but I wonder if we’ll rue letting Ivan Toney leave a couple of seasons ago. The man is on fire #NUFC
— Shaun Watson (@ShaunWatson86) October 21, 2020
Toney was very raw at the Toon .People forget he was sent on loan six times to four different clubs and (apart from his last spell at Scunthorpe) didnt pull up any trees. A late bloomer maybe and good luck to him but he’s hardly Andy Cole … #nufc
— Michael MM (@mickmar29) October 21, 2020
Rafa made massive mistake letting toney go better than that plank we paid 40 million for
— Robertson (@Roberts76119669) October 21, 2020
Mike Ashley and NUFC hierarchy hell bent on signing young players but letting Ivan Toney go??? The guys a serious talent.
— Nicky (@CrookNickyyyy) October 21, 2020